The meeting is Thursday, December 3, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:00 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 5:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 6:15 PM. The speaker will take center stage at 7:00 PM. (This is a special end of year event. Bring a beverage if you wish. The club is furnishing southwest and theme relevant munchies. We will need help with clean up and maybe "carry-out.")
Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be addressing a specific popular plant group, the Nopal Cactus. A few specifics are already available in the Plant of the Month section of the website. Our guest speaker (see below) will continue our fall/winter speaker series of head on, brute force education...We have touched on irrigation and appropriate companion desert plant material. Future sessions concern propagation, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and design considerations. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material.
Bob Morris is a Consulting Horticulturist Emeritus, University of Nevada. He participates and leads projects in a variety of countries worldwide. Most recently he returned from Tajikistan. Prior to that he was working on his family farm in the Philippines that is used as a training site in cooperation with the government. Meanwhile, this busy man finds time to do his email daily, keep his blog up to date (see below) and hop on a plane, head for the Las Vegas Desert Green Conference, and go there directly from the airport. He provides consultation to the local materials yard, ViraGro, sees his family, and takes time to talk with our cactus club!
FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell; March: Angela O'Callaghan; and we have plans for more!
RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: Nopal Cactus We will forego a raffle this time. We will spend that time celebrating achievements of people in the club and go back to the munchie table that is going to further extend our knowledge of the Nopal Cactus.
2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.
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